From time to time, I'll buy a used book on Amazon. I'm sure all of us do. But today, something really strange happened. The book was listed as "Used, Very Good" and had a generic description about being in good shape and shipping quick. You know, the ones that the mega sellers recycle over and over. Well today, the book came. Except it wasn't a book. It was an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC).
Warning bells went off like crazy. As a blogger who gets ARCs and has been educated many times about them, I knew this was no bueno. I mean, it says right on the cover "NOT FOR SALE". The seller sells books exclusively. They should know just as well as we do that selling this ARC was a huge no-no!
So I called Amazon and complained. They facilitated a return for me, but they seemed really uninterested that the seller sold an ARC. Luckily, I found the form to report policy violations and send in a complaint that way and left the seller bad feedback. I'm not sure if there's anything else I can do on my end. I was so shocked to open my package and see an ARC, though. I've always heard of them showing up in used bookstores and on Amazon and eBay. But I've never seen it before.